Tuesday, May 31, 2011

WPlus9 June 2011 Release: Group Post

Hi everyone!!  Just a quickie post right now, because I have had so much going on!!  But, I wanted to share my last card using the June release from WPlus9 called "Pile it On".  It has been a super great week, and I hope that you have enjoyed all the posts so far!!  Be sure to head on over to the WPlus9 store and pick up this fabulous stamp set and matching dies!!

Without further ado....here is my card for the group post tonight!!
"Happy Birthday" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: WPlus9 (Pile It On
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: apricot, coral, pink, peony, turquoise, teal) 
Twine: The Twinery
Jewels: Cosmo Cricket & International Greetings USA
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the amazing WPlus9 designers have created as well...I know I can't wait!! 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Helmar USA & Lawn Fawn Week!

Hi there!!  I know...I have had a lot of posts going on in the past few days!  It always seems as though I have a ton of stuff going on at the same time!  SO...if you are looking for my latest WPlus9 release post, either scroll down one post, or CLICK HERE

This week Lawn Fawn is partnering with Helmar USA (an adhesive manufacturer)!  There will be fun projects on the two blogs all week long, along with some fun giveaways!  So, be sure to check out both blogs all week long to find out what you can win, and to be inspired by all the amazing projects!!

For my card, I mostly used the Helmar Permanent Adhesive Runner.  I used it to glue all papers, ribbons & trims to the card front.  I also did a bit of machine stitching on my card, and the great thing about this adhesive is that it didn't gum up or hurt the needle in my machine at all.  That is really great!  I also used a white Zapdot to help my stamped tag keep its dimension from the glittered chipboard frame. 

I used Viva la Verve! May 2011 sketch #2 to help with the design of my card.  I used the CR84FN30 colors (light blue, light yellow, kraft) and The Shabby Tea Room #54 (2 patterned papers, 4 buttons, & 6 layers).  You might be thinking, "I only see 3 buttons."  There are only 3 physical buttons...but if you look very closely at the right side of the vintage baby image...the ribbon is looped with a button- and that is what I am considering my 4th button!  Tee hee!  I hope that isn't cheating...a 4th physical button just didn't really work for me!
"It's A Boy" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, vintage cream) 
Paper: Webster's Pages (Lullaby Lane 6x6 pad) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Sophie's Sentiments & Bows and Holly sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: dune, robin's egg, frost white) & Tim Holtz (Distress Ink: antique linen)
Ink Blending Tool: Tim Holtz
Doily: Wilton
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: May Arts
Buttons/Lace: craft supply
Pins: Making Memories (yellow) & Maya Road (clear) 
Vintage Image: Crafty Secrets
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Glitter: DecoArt
Sandpaper
Sewing Machine/Thread

Instructions:  Fold kraft cardstock in half to make card base, and ink the edges.  Sand the edges of two paper blocks, layer together, and adhere lace trim at the bottom seam.  Zig-zag stitch along both seams, and then adhere the entire block to the card front.  Distress Ink the white doily in antique linen using an ink blending tool, and then adhere it to the front.  Tie ribbon over top of the doily, and attach a button to the middle of the bow using twine.  Cover a chipboard frame in glitter, and then adhere the vintage image to the bottom of it.  Adhere the entire frame to the card front, and then accent below it with two buttons & twine.  Stamp the tag & sentiment to vintage cream cardstock, and then tuck it under the button on the bow and adhere.  Add two stick pins coming from the top of the bow to finish.

I hope that you've enjoyed the card I created for Helmar USA & Lawn Fawn week!!  Enjoy your Monday!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L. 

Challenge Inspiration Photos

Sunday, May 29, 2011

WPlus9 June 2011 Release Day 3: Pile It On

Hi there, everyone!!  So, have you been enjoying the WPlus9 June 2011 release so far?  Are you thinking about all the wondrous things you will be able to do with the new set, "Pile It On"?  I think it has been such a fun release so far, and I love checking out what all the other designers do on their cards!  It just goes to show that the same stamp set will never look the same because everyone's styles are so different!

For tonight's card, I used the banner dies that match the stamp set, and then stamped the ice cream cone inside each one for some color and pattern.  I then diecut a tag (using a non WPlus9 steel die), and added a fabulous sentiment from the Pile It On set.  This set went just perfectly with the carnival theme collection from Glitz Design called "Afternoon Muse".

I used the Viva la Verve! May 2011 Week 5 sketch to help with the design of my card.  I also created it for Crazy 4 Challenges #89, which is to create a card showing a favorite vacation spot or summer activity.  Well, I don't know about you....but I LOVE going to the fair every summer!  And last but not least...I created this as a sample for the Get Your Glitz On Challenge #2: Clustering.  There are only a couple more days left to enter a project in for the challenge, but the winner will get the entire Afternoon Muse collection sent to them!!  So, if you've got some Glitz goodies and some time...check out the challenge and get to creating!! 
"HB2 You" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (orange) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper/Diecut/Stickers/Jewels: Glitz Design (Afternoon Muse: Floral, Banner) 
Stamps: WPlus9 (Pile It On) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: pink, mango tango, canary, frost white)
Twine: May Arts
Pin: Maya Road
Flower: Recollections
Ruffle: craft supply
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Steel Dies: WPlus9 (Pile It On dies) & My Favorite Things (Notched Tags)
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Fold orange cardstock in half to make card base, and ink the edges.  Sand the edges of two paper blocks, and layer together to the card front.  Sand the edges of a vintage image diecut and a cardstock sticker, and layer to the front at opposite angles.  Adhere a yellow ruffle over top of the seam.  Layer together the rhinestone stickers, and tuck a cardstock ticket sticker to the right side of it.  Stick a pin through the left side of the sticker cluster, and then adhere to the card front.  Accent with a large pink jewels, and a strip of small clear jewels.  Diecut the pennants and the tag from vintage cream cardstock, and then stamp them.  Thread them with twine, and adhere to the upper left corner of the card.  Tie two bows from the twine, and accent each end of the banner with them.  Add a clear jewel to the left bow, and an orange paper flower to the right one to finish. 

Don't forget to leave a comment on the WPlus9 blog on each release day, because Dawn will be drawing three random comments who will win "Pile it On"!

And be sure to check out what the rest of the amazing WPlus9 designers have created as well...I know I can't wait!! 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

WPlus9 June 2011 Release Day 2: Pile It On

Hi there everyone!!  Welcome to day 2 of the WPlus9 June 2011 release of the latest set called "Pile It On"!  Yesterday I went completely clean & simple for you...showcasing the matching dies for this set, and how you can use them with felt.  Today I have created a card that is on the shabby chic side, and completely different from the card I created yesterday.  This set can work for any and all card styles out there, and I love that about it!

I used the Viva la Verve! May 2011 sketch #4 to help with the design of my card, swapping out the oval for a rectangle.  I also used CR84FN29 (light plum, plum, kraft) for my card, although I am a little late on it, and it won't get to be added to the link list.  Nevertheless, the color combo was perfect for what I wanted!  And lastly, it also fits Just Add Ink #69, to use fussy cutting (which I did on the butterfly accent).  Here is what I created!!
"Best Wishes, Today and Always" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Webster's Pages (Seaside Retreat & Nature's Storybook 6x6 pad)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Pile It On & Filigreed Frames sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: lilac, eggplant, chestnut & Chalk: creamy brown)
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Lace: vintage craft supply
Flowers: Recollections
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Glitter: DecoArt

Instructions:  Fold vintage cream cardstock in half to make card base, and ink the edges.  Cut eggplant paper slightly smaller, ink the edges, and adhere to the card front.  Ink the edges of a violet paper block, layer on top, and then adhere lace around the middle.  Stamp the sentiment to the lower left corner of the violet block.  Ink the edges of a parchment paper block, and then stamp the cake to it.  Accent the cake with pearls, and adhere the stamped block to the card.  Frame the cake with a chipboard piece, add a purple dotted bow to the lower right corner and accent the middle of it with paper flowers.  Fussy cut a butterfly from patterned paper, adhere to the opposite corner, and accent the middle with pearls.  Cover chipboard photo corners with glitter, and adhere to opposite corners.  Accent each one with a purple jewel to finish.

Did you notice that I combined this set with another WPlus9 stamp set?  The sentiments that come with Pile It On are super cute, but I needed something a bit more elegant.  So, I combined the cake layers from Pile It On with sentiments from Filigreed Frames...and they went together perfectly!  When I was creating this, my initial meaning for it was as a wedding card.  Looking at it, it could also be an elegant birthday card.  I know all the women in my family would love to receive it, as well as people I know that are getting married.  I just love when you create something that has many purposes!!  

Don't forget to leave a comment on the WPlus9 blog on each release day, because Dawn will be drawing three random comments who will win "Pile it On"!

And be sure to check out what the rest of the amazing WPlus9 designers have created as well...I know I can't wait!! 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Wee Memories Challenge #58

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  First off...if you are looking for my WPlus9 June Release Day 1 post, please CLICK HERE or just scroll down to the next post. 

I have my card to share with you for Wee Memories Challenge #58, which also happens to be my last as the guest designer this month!  It has been a super fun time, and I am so happy that they asked me!!  The sponsor for this week is May Arts and the challenge today is to use an inspiration photo from somewhere like pinterest or etsy.  I will share that inspiration photo in a moment, but first I will share my card!
"Just Because" supplies: 
Cardstock/Scalloped Die: Papertrey Ink (kraft, white) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Afternoon Muse: Banner, Polka)
Stamps: Glitz Design (Afternoon Muse set) & Papertrey Ink (Asian Fusion set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: dune, old rose) 
Lace: Making Memories
Flower: Prima
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Diecut Machines: Cricut Expression & Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Storybook by Provo Craft

And here is the inspiration photo that I found on Pinterest for it!! 
I actually plan on going to the fair quite a bit this year, and hope to get some amazing photographs that I can turn all vintage and fun!!  I also REALLY hope that I can find a couple who would want to do their engagement session at the fair...as I think that would be awesome!! 

Well, that is all I have for you for now!! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, May 27, 2011

WPlus9 June 2011 Release Day 1: Pile It On

Hi there everyone!  After taking a month off from new releases, I am so happy to be back with a new WPlus9 stamp set for June!!  The stamp set is called "Pile It On", and here is a little bit of information about it....

Pile It On
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 25 stamps; 14 images and 11 sentiment and 1 journaling line
  • will be available for purchase June 1st for just $19
I went all clean & simple on my card today, and I am loving it!!  My favorite part about these super cute ice cream cones....they look like the ones you get at Dairy Queen!!  I worked at a Dairy Queen in high school, and I still love getting a sweet treat from the DQ on occasion!  Here is what I created:
"Birthday Calories Don't Count" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (KI White) & Papertrey Ink (smooth white) 
Stamps/Die: WPlus9 (Pile It On) 
Ink: Clearsnap (pigment: dune) & Tsukineko (versafine: onyx black)
Felt/Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Jewels: Glitz Design (aqua) & International Greetings USA (clear) 
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Diecut the ice cream cone shapes from white cardstock, and from three different colored felts.  Stamp the cone to each diecut.  Cut the felt tops off, adhere above the stamped cones, and then top each one with a clear jewel.  Adhere the ice cream cones to the card, and then stamp the sentiment directly below them.  Tie ribbon around the bottom of the card, and accent the middle of the bow with a large aqua jewel.

Don't forget to leave a comment on the WPlus9 blog on each release day, because Dawn will be drawing three random comments who will win "Pile it On"!

And be sure to check out what the rest of the amazing WPlus9 designers have created as well...I know I can't wait!! 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stamper's Dream May Blog Hop with JustRite!!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Well, as you are reading this...I just had an amazing night at the U2 concert in Salt Lake City, and we will be on our way back home shortly.  It was a super quick trip down here, but totally worth it to see a band like U2.

Today Stamper's Dream and JustRite are hooking up for a fabulous blog hop!  It is sure to be full of inspiration and amazing projects....so let's get started!

I created this card using a couple of different sets from JustRite.  I LOVE that you can mix and match there stamps so perfectly...it makes them extremely versatile!  Here is what I created!
"Just Because I Care" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (kraft, vintage cream)
Paper: Webster's Pages (Trendsetters/Ladies & Gents 6x6 Pack)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Kindess & Because I Care sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: old rose, frost white) & Tsukineko (Versamark)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (detail white)
Lace: craft supply
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: May Arts (Natural Burlap)
Button: Papertrey Ink
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Pins: Maya Road
Flowers: Recollections
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Steel Die: Spellbinders (Labels Twenty)

JustRite Stampers will be giving away three prizes to random commentors, so be sure to leave some love at each blog as you hop along.  And Michelle, the owner of Stamper's Dream, is offering up this fabulous prize to one lucky winning comment!  You never know where the winning comments will be picked from!!
And here is a list of the blog hop participants!  I know that I can't wait to get home tonight and check out what everyone came up with!!

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thank You So Much

Happy Tuesday, everyone.  I hope that your morning is going well so far, and that you have a wonderful day!

Today I have my card for CPS Sketch #219 to share with you, which is also one of my Stamper's Dream cards for the month.  The sketch is a great one for all you label/tag die fanatics out there....like me!  I also used the latest Embellish Tags Color Trends Challenge for my card.  This is an amazing color combo, and I just love how my card turned out for it.  I did not use a hanging tag for my card, but utilized the multiple label cuts as my tag option.  Here is what I created:
 "Thank You So Much" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Webster's Pages (Life's Portrait 6x6 paper pad)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Kindness & You're So Sweet sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: antique pewter) & Tsukineko (Versamagic: sea breeze) 
Ribbon: Michael's brand
Trim: craft supply
Flowers: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Steel Dies: Spellbinders (Labels Twenty & Parisian Accents)

Instructions:  Fold vintage cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut blue paper slightly smaller, then adhere a pink paper block to the front of it.  Add crocheted trim to the bottom of the pink block, then zig zag stitch around the entire it.  Adhere this entire piece to the front of the card.  Stamp the label design & sentiment to vintage cream cardstock, then diecut each one with the proper dies.  Adhere the sea breeze label to the front of the card.  Pleat gray ribbon as shown, and adhere to the middle of the label.  Adhere the sentiment tag to the top of it, and then accent with pearls.  Accent with paper flowers to finish.

I just love how this card turned out!!  And I love the fact that I used up some older Webster's Pages papers.  I adore Webster's, and it seems I hoard it a bit.  I definitely need to stop that, so I am making myself break it out and use it...because that is what it is there for! 

I hope that you have a great day today, and that the sun is shining and you are surrounded in warmth.  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

You're Sweet

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Today I have a cute little mini card to share with you.  It measures 3"x4 1/2", and was another idea I had during Lawn Fawn release week!  I didn't have time to get a second card done for my post, but finally had a chance to get it created!!

I {very loosely} used Cardabilities Sketch #31 to help with the design of the card.  I also created this for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #3: Bring on the Bling, and for Totally Hues Challenge #7 (lemon tart, sweet blush, berry sorbet, spring moss).  Here is what I created:
"You're Sweet" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (yellow, pink) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream, kraft) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Mary Mary: Berry Preserves) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Admit One set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: old rose, chestnut)
Twine: The Twinery
Flower: Recollections
Jewels: Heidi Swapp
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Steel Die: WPlus9 (Label Layers 1)
Instructions:  Fold yellow cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the top corners of a cream cardstock block, tie twine around the top, and adhere to the front.  Adhere the pink dotted label cut to the left side of the card, and cut off the excess.  Add the square of jewels over top of it.  Stamp the tickets to cream cardstock, cut out, and layer together inside the jeweled square & dotted label.  Stamp the cotton candy to kraft & pink cardstock, then cut out.  Glitter the pink section, layer together, and adhere to the card.  Add a yellow paper flower to the ticket corner to finish.

This is just going to be a quick post, because I need to get going for now.  Have a wonderful rest of your day. ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wee Memories Challenge #57

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  Today is my third week as a guest designer for Wee Memories Challenges!!  Today's challenge #56 is called "Stamp It"...and you guessed it- it is all about stamping!!

This week's challenge is being sponsored by Market Street Stamps.  I don't actually have any stamps by this company, so I decided to use one of my older Papertrey Ink sets!  Here is what I came up with:
"Thank You" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (white & kraft) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Paper Frill: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Through the Trees set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: dune, robin's egg, chestnut) & Tsukineko (Chalk: pixie) 
Jewels: Kaiser Craft

Instructions:  Will be added later...

The pink stamped leaves just remind me of how much I love all the pink trees that are finally in bloom around here.  It is nice that spring is finally starting to set in here in Montana...considering it is almost June.  Tee hee!  Have a great day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Cruising Through Life" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Hey there, everyone!!  Tonight we are sharing with you the set that is my very favorite from this inspiration week, "Cruising Through Life".  You are going to just love the fun and whimsical images & sentiments in this set!!  It is fabulous!

I used CardPatterns Sketch #115 to help out with the design of my card, and I just flipped the banner to the other side to make it work for me!  I also created this for this week's Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger: Some Royal Fun, where I was inspired by the fun banner flags & the pink/blue color combo...I just happened to add in a bit of yellow to mine. I also created this for Lawnscaping Challenge #10, to use polka dots.  Here is my card!
  "I Love Cruising Through Life with You" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (textured cream) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Papers: My Mind's Eye (Lush: Pink Floral & Blue Damask), Glitz Design (Hoopla: Polka), & Webster's Pages (small pink dot)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Cruising Through Life set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: dune, old rose) 
Lace: craft supply
Twine: May Arts
Flowers: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft 
Diecut Cartridges: Wild Cards & Plantin Schoolbook by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Load a 12x12 cream cardstock sheet into a Cricut Expression, press the "Fit to Page" option and cut the scalloped shaped card (5 3/4") using the Wild Cards cartridge.  Load a block of smooth vintage cream cardstock, and cut a circle at 5 1/4" using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  Cover a portion of the bottom of the circle with pink dotted paper and adhere to the middle of the scalloped card.  Stamp the sentiment, bike and pinwheel stick to the top half of the card.  Add a strip of lace trim to the bottom, and accent with a pink pearl strip and yellow paper flower.  Stamp the pinwheel to small pink dotted paper, cut out, and adhere to the top of the stamped stick.  Add two paper flowers to the bike's basket, and accent the middle of the pinwheel with a pearl.  Stamp the banners to patterned paper, cut out and thread onto natural twine.  Adhere to the left side of the card, add two twine bows to each end, and accent with pearls.  Accent the bike's wheel middles with pearls to finish.

I am super excited to see what all the other Lawn Fawn designer's have created with this set, so be sure and check them out as well!! 

And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the commenting instructions!!  ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

P.S.  Here are the challenge inspiration photos!


Monday, May 16, 2011

"Bon Voyage" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Hi there, all!!  Tonight I have another new Lawn Fawn stamp set to share with you called "Bon Voyage"!  As you can tell....it is a travel themed set!  I have paired it with a sentiment created from the already released "Say Cheese, Too" set, and it worked perfectly together!!  That is one of the great things about most of the Lawn Fawn sets...you can mix and match them very easily!!

Lawn Fawn is also sponsoring the CPS blog this week!  So of course, I created my card for CPS Sketch #218 using these fabulous new stamps!!  Here is what I created!
"Best Brother Ever" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (KI White) & Papertrey Ink (smooth white) 
Paper/Diecut: My Little Shoebox (City by the Bay: Union Square, Golden Gate) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Bon Voyage & Say Cheese, Too sets) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Felt: Martha Stewart Crafts
Brad: American Crafts
Pearl: Kaiser Crafts
Twine: May Arts
Pens: Uniball Signo (white) & Zig Writer (gray) 

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the corners of a slightly smaller blue paper block, and adhere to the front.  Cut a strip of brown dot paper, and adhere to the left side of the card.  Accent the top with a pearl brad, and then adhere the green felt flag to it.  Cut the neighborhood shape out from patterned paper, and adhere to the bottom using foam adhesive.  Stamp the cloud to white cardstock, cut out and adhere to the front.  Stamp the plane to a diecut label and cut out.  Stamp the nose of the plane to orange paper, cut out and layer.  Stamp the engines to white paper, cut out, adhere, and color in with a gray pen.  Adhere the plane to the front using foam adhesive.  Stamp the sentiment to a white cardstock strip, cut a banner end to it, and then give it a curve.  Add a strip of twine coming from behind the plane, and then adhere the sentiment flag to it.  Tie a bow from twine and adhere to the left side of the sentiment banner.  Accent the middle with a brown pearl to finish.

I wanted to show that this set could be used for more than just a travel theme.  I think it is pretty perfect for a boy themed card as well!!  There are tons of other possibilities, and it will be fun to see what all the other design team gals have come up with as well!!  Be sure to check them out too! 

And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the commenting instructions!!  ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Admit One" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Hi there, everyone!  Tonight starts off your May inspiration week for Lawn Fawn's latest stamp sets, and the countdown to our big summer release!  Lawn Fawn has decided to change things up a bit, and release all 9 new summer sets on May 19th!  But don't worry...we will still have inspiration weeks every month with the chance to win the latest releases and gain inspiration from all of the design team members!  But one big release date means you can get your favorite Lawn Fawn stamps right away....no time having to wait & anticipate!

Today we are sharing a new stamp set called "Admit One" with you.  This stamp set is so whimsical and perfect for summer....you are just going to love it!!  I used Clean & Simple's FTL #140 to help out with the card design.  Here is what I created!!
"You Make my World go Round" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: GCD Studios (Funhouse: Trick Pony) 
Paper Frill: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Admit One set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: old rose, chestnut & Chalk: rose coral) 
Twine: The Twinery (pink) & Darice Inc. (natural) 
Flower: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

Instructions:  Fold pink cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the corners of a circus paper block, ink the edges and adhere to the front.  Ink the edges of a cream cardstock block, and then stamp the Ferris wheel & sentiment to it.  Adhere an orange scalloped paper frill strip to the top of the cream block, and then wrap pink twine around the seam twice.  Adhere the entire stamped block to the middle of the card.  Accent the stamped Ferris wheel with pink pearls, and then add a twine bow to the center of it.  Accent the middle of the twine bow with an orange paper flower to finish. 

If this stamp set isn't just the funnest thing...I don't know what is?!  Tee hee!  I know that I can't wait to see what the rest of the Lawn Fawn DT gals came up with, so be sure and check them out as well!! 


And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the commenting instructions!!  ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Made with Love

Happy Sunday, everyone!!  This has got to be a quickie post- because I have a baby shower that I need to get to!  But, I wanted to share this sweet baby card that I made for the shower before I leave!!

This is one of my Stamper's Dream cards for the month.  I used the Flourishes "Get Your Sketch On" release week challenge for this card to help with the design of it.  Isn't is such a sweet little baby card?!
"Made with Love" supplies: 
Cardstock/Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Webster's Pages 
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Happy Everything set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chestnut)
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Fabric: Crafty Secrets
Lace/button: craft supply
Twine: Darice Inc.
Flower: Prima
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Glitter: DecoArt
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: JustRite custom dies by Spellbinders (Nested Sentiment set)

Instructions: Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut the background paper slightly smaller, sand the edges, and adhere to the front.  Punch a border a blue paper strip, and sand the edges.  Sand the edges of a pink dotted paper strip, and then adhere the scalloped strip to its left side.  Wrap crocheted lace trim around the seam, and then adhere to the card front.  Tie ribbon around the middle of the card, and add a button to the bow using twine.  Cover the chipboard frame in glitter, and adhere over top of the ribbon.  Trim the fabric image, and adhere to the middle of the glittered frame.  Stamp the sentiment to cream cardstock, diecut as a label, and then adhere to the frame corner.  Accent the sentiment label with pearls, and then add a paper flower to finish. 

Thanks for taking a look at my sweet little baby card!!  I will be back late tonight with my first Lawn Fawn release week post!! Take care! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

WPlus9 Color Cue #15

Hey there, everyone!  Two posts on a Saturday...crazy huh!  Well, my blog runs on Mountain time and this just kind-of happens when you have posts that need to run at midnight Eastern time.  Tee hee!

Tonight marks the latest WPlus9 Color Cue challenge #15.  Without further ado, here is the color graphic:
Aren't these super fun colors?!  I love this one, and it was actually really fun to add the little bit of yellow into my card.  It might seem a little intimidating, but I do suggest you try it out!  You might just LOVE what you come up with!

I used The Sweet Shop Sketch #108 to help out with the design, flipping it on its side so it would work for me.  I also created it for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #2 to use buttons & twine.  This is an almost brand new CAS challenge blog, and it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun!!  Here is what I created!
"Congrats" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Mary Mary: Berry Preserves & Whirlybird: Perfect Plaid)
Stamps/Die: WPlus9 (Filigreed Frames & Label Layers 1)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: frost white, magenta) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Ribbon: American Crafts (rose) & Renaissance by Design (yellow) 
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Buttons: Papertrey Ink (blue) & craft supply (yellow)
Flower: Recollections
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold kraft cardstock in half to make card base.  Layer together the dotted & plaid paper blocks, then diecut the label from the center.  Lay the piece on the card front, stamp the label outline so it fits inside the diecut window, and then stamp the sentiment in the middle of it.  Adhere rose ribbon along the top of diecut window.  Tie a bow from yellow ribbon, adhere a blue button to the middle using twine, and adhere to the middle of the rose ribbon.  Adhere the entire block to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  Thread two yellow buttons with twine, then adhere along with a blue flower in a cluster to the lower left corner. 

Make sure you check out what the other WPlus9 girl's have come up with!  It is sure to be delightful!!

Savitri Wilder - www.scrapbit.com

One random participant will be drawn to win a free WPlus9 stamp set, and then three honorable mentions will be shown as well in the winner's post!  So, be sure to head on over and participate!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

You're Invited to a Vintage Game Party!!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Well...I am posting this in hopes that all of the Blogger issues are resolved.  Yikes...you never know how much you miss your blog and blogging until it is all screwed up?!  I definitely tried to not get too annoyed, as Blogger provides this service for free...but it was definitely hard!! I think they are still getting some bugs worked out, as I am missing some comments and such- but I have faith that it will all get restored.

Today is my second Saturday of joining in at Wee Memories as a guest designer!  Today's Challenge #56 is to use stickers on your project, and is being sponsored by SRM Stickers.  I don't have any stickers of that brand, so I utilized the amazing Glitzer stickers that Glitz Design's creates for every collection.  Love them!!

Speaking of Glitz Design, I also created this as a sample for the monthly challenge that we have going on.  Did you know that Glitz Design has a monthly blog challenge now?  We just started last month, and it was a big hit!  This month the "Get Your Glitz On" challenge #2 is to create a project of any sort (layout, card, altered item, etc...) using the technique of clustering.  You can find all of the details & challenge rules in THIS POST, and I hope that you will play along with us as well!!

I used the Viva la Verve! May Week 1 sketch to help out with the design- I just happened to flip it and turn the oval into a rectangle.  I also created this for PTI's Make It Monday #14: selective inking.  Erin did a great little video on how she selectively inks her stamps.  I do it a little bit differently, and actually add a strip of tape over top of the area that I don't want inked.  That way I just pull off the tape, and don't run the risk of smudging the area I do want inked up with a baby wipe...because I tend to be a little, well- uncoordinated with that.  Tee hee!  The sentiment on my little flag accent is all in one stamp, and the smaller lettering on the bottom is actually longer than what is shown.  So I selectively inked in order to use two different ink colors, but also to keep part of the sentiment from stamping at all.  Here is the card I created!
"You're Invited" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper/Diecuts/Stickers/Transparency/Jewels: Glitz Design (Love Games collection) 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Simple Sentiments set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) & Clearsnap (Pigment: scarlet)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Pins: Making Memories (green) & Maya Road (clear)
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Flower: Recollections

Instructions:  Fold red cardstock in half to make card base.  Trim the paper layer slightly smaller than the card, and then adhere.  Layer the diecut and transparency to the front of the card.  Fold the ribbon as shown, and adhere to the middle of the card.  Adhere the red Glitzer sticker to vellum, cut out, and layer to a card diecut.  Adhere the entire piece to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  Adhere the two banner Glitzer stickers to vellum, cut out, and adhere across the bottom of the card diecut.  Stamp the sentiment to a paper strip, and then cut a banner shaped end.  Adhere around a clear topped pin, and then layer over top of the two banners already in place.  Add three red jewels below the sentiment strip.  Tie a bow from twine, adhere it to the pin and then accent the middle with a yellow flower.  Cut a portion of the bottom of a green topped pin, and then add it in, next to the clear topped pin to finish.

Wouldn't this be a fun invitation for a vintage game themed party, or something of the like?!  I just love it!!  The Whatnot's from the "Love Games" collection are probably my favorites from all the different lines...they are so fun and colorful!  I am also glad that I thought to use these PTI stamps...as I purchased them and have never used them.  Tsk, Tsk...shame on me.  I don't like buying things and then not use them...and I LOVE these stamps.  I have just been so busy with other commitments, that my PTI stamps have been put on the back burner.  I definitely need to make some more time for them.  Tee hee! :) 

Well, I better get going for now.  I hope that you have a super wonderful weekend!! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Your Kindess Touched my Heart

Happy Thursday, everyone!!  I hope this morning is finding you refreshed and ready to finish out your week.  Anyone else looking forward to the weekend?  I know that I am, although it looks like it is going to be a little bit busy.  We have a college graduation party on Saturday for the son of some good friends of ours.  It will be great to get to spend some time with them as well, as they live in London now- so we don't see them very often.  Then I have a baby shower on Sunday for one of my lifelong friends, Stephanie.  She has actually already had the little one, so I will get to see her too!!  Yay for babies!! (I am sure you will see a handmade card here in a couple days that is just for Steph! Tee hee!)

Well, today I have a card to share with you for Stamper's Dream.  It uses two different JustRite Stamper's sets...and older and a newer release.  They go together perfectly, and I happen to just love mixing and matching JustRite stamps!

I used The Pink Elephant challenge #99, which happens to be a sketch.  Flourishes also has two challenges going on that I created it for.  The first is their "Let's Get 3 in a Row" challenge.  They have a grid of items, and you pick one row of items that has to be on your card.  I picked the row that included bling, flower, & ribbon.  I also created it for Flourishes "Timeless Tuesday" #117, as it is an "Anything Goes" challenge!  Gotta love having a free for all sometimes!!  I also created this using Color Throwdown #141 (So Saffron, Rose Red, & Aqua).  Here is what I created:
"Your Kindness Touched my Heart" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft) 
Paper: Webster's Pages (Trendsetter/Ladies & Gents 6x6 pad)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Kindness & Signs of Life sets)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versamark) & Clearsnap (Pigment: ruby, frost white)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Trim: craft supply
Jewel: Glitz Design
Flowers: Prima & Recollections
Glitter: DecoArt
Label Die: Spellbinders (Labels Twenty)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Fold kraft cardstock in half to make card base, and ink the edges with white ink.  Cut a floral paper block slightly smaller, sand the edges and wrap ribbon around the middle of it.  Adhere the entire block to the front and zig zag stitch along the edges.  Tie a bow from matching ribbon, adhere to the right side, and add a large clear jewel to the middle of it.  Add twine trim to the bottom of the ribbon, and as another set of "tails" to the bow.  Stamp the label to kraft cardstock in versamark, and cover in white embossing powder.  Heat set, and then stamp the sentiment to the middle.  Diecut the stamped label, and then adhere to the card front, tucking the left side into the bow a bit.  Cover the leaves in glitter, and then accent below the bow with flowers & leaves.  

In other fun news, I made the list of what "caught their eye" for Color Throwdown #140.  That is pretty cool!  And, I was also in the Top 3 for CASE study #38.  Yay! 
Well, thanks for hanging out with me a bit today!  I hope that you have a wonderful day, and can get a little crafty time in somewhere!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Let's Hang Out

Hi everyone!  I know...two posts in a row?!!  I am finally getting back into the swing of things after being on vacation...I think I left my mojo on the mountainside!!  But, when you have things you NEED to get done...you somehow force it to come back!! Tee hee!

Today I have my card to share with you for CPS Sketch #217.  We are being sponsored this week by Paper Smooches, a new stamp company owned by my friend Kim Hughes.  Here illustrations are just super cute, and I love the fact that you can now get them in clear stamps!!  (My fave!)

I also used a couple of other fun challenges for my card.  I used this week's CASE Study Challenge #38 of Sarah Martina Parker, and Totally Hues Challenge #6 (lemon tart, aqua mist, simply chartreuse, raspberry fizz) as inspiration!  Sarah's card is gorgeous...and I was inspired by the colors and floral feel of it!  Mine is simpler and more cutesy, but still definitely inspired by her lovely card! Here is what I created:
"Let's Hang Out" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (white)
Paper/Rub-ons: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Spring: Flowering Fields)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Hang Ups set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: robin's egg, old rose)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Flowers: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Steel Die: Spellbinders 
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold pink cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the corners of a slightly smaller paper block, and adhere to the front.  Round the corners of a white cardstock block, and adhere to the front.  Apply the banner and ribbon rub-ons to the top of it.  Stamp the hangers to front, then add the clothing rub-ons to them.  Fold the ribbon, and adhere to the bottom of the white cardstock.  Diecut & emboss the label, and then stamp the sentiment to it.  Adhere to the top of the folded ribbon.  Accent with two paper flowers and pearls to finish.

Okay- so I wanted to chat with my blog readers, specifically about Blogger blogs.  I had word verification on my blog forever, and thought I would never take it off.  I didn't want to deal with having to delete constant spam, etc.  Just not how I want to spend my time in a day.  When Blogger introduced the Spam filter, I was still a bit cautious.  But, recently I decided to try it out on a trial basis...and I am converted.  I have turned word verification off completely, and Blogger does an awesome job of catching all of the spam comments!! I have never had one accidentally make it through.  The plus side...it makes it so much easier to comment on my blog!  I am not telling you to do it, but I would at least try if I were you.  I just go in and check the spam filter about once a week, to make sure any real comments haven't been flagged as spam (hasn't happened once yet) and to delete all the spam out of the folder.  I also have my blog set up where I have to approve all comments on posts 5 days or older...which I think also helps.  Anyways...I just wanted to share my experience with my Blogger blog & word verification in hopes that it might help anyone else.  

Well, that is everything that I have to share with you today!  I better get going for now...I have lots to do!  I hope you enjoyed getting posts two days in a row! Tee hee! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sisters Are...

Happy Monday, my friends!!  I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend, and a good start of your week so far.  My mom happened to be celebrating her 50th birthday on Friday, and her birthday always lands in the same week as mother's day....so my dad planned a surprise birthday dinner for her at Lydia's in Butte.  Of course- me, Josh & Casey were there, and some of their dearest friends; Kent, JoAnn & Lois came as well.  It was a wonderful dinner in honor of her.  She also got some wonderful gifts- including a $75 gift certificate to Maurice's from us, an awesome new pink bike from Rob, new drinking glasses & a journal from Casey, and a Kindle from Kent & JoAnn.  I also happen to know she was spoiled by the ladies that she is close with in Sheridan...so I think it is safe to say that my mom had a wonderful 50th birthday.  Can you believe that my mama is only 50?!  I have a young, hottie for a mom....tee hee!  Love you mom! ♥

I also have a card to share with you today!  Mother's day is over, but May just seems like a great month to celebrate all the women in your life, doesn't it?  So, I created this card for Stamper's Dream using some of the latest released stamps from JustRite Stampers.  I just love this sentiment about sisters, and even though I don't have a biological sister- there are women in my life who take that place.

I also created this card for a few different challenges that struck my fancy.  First, I used CardPatterns sketch #114 to help out with the design.  I also used Color Throwdown #140 (blushing bride, early espresso, kraft/baja breeze) and Shabby Tea Room #61- "Ruffled Up" as inspiration as well!!  I don't feel like I create ruffles very well on my own, but I felt like these bloomers had the perfect ruffly feel that I needed for the card!  I hope it still fits, even though they aren't a standard ruffle. :)
"Sisters Are..." supplies: 
Cardstock/Button/Scalloped Die: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Pink Paislee (Butterfly Garden 6x6 pad)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Because I Care set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: seaglass, chestnut)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design & Webster's Pages (Bloomers)
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Pins: Maya Road
Pearls: Kaiser Craft 
Glitter: DecoArt
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut background paper slightly smaller, sand the edges, and adhere to the front.  Cut a scalloped strip from blue paper, and sand the edges.  Cut a striped paper strip, sand the edges, and adhere the scallop to the bottom of it.  Adhere the entire piece to the card front.  Cut two pieces of bloomers and adhere to the right side of the card.  Cover a chipboard butterfly in glitter, and then adhere over top of the bloomers.  Tie a bow from blue dotted ribbon, and add a button to the middle using twine.  Adhere to the top of the butterfly, and then accent with two heart stick pins.  Stamp the label and sentiment to a cream cardstock block, and adhere to the bottom of the butterfly.  Accent with pearls to finish.

In other news, I recently found out that I was picked for the April "Fave Find" from My Favorite Things!!  I thought that was very cool, and exciting!  You can see the card they picked in my original post HERE, and here is my fun little badge of honor!!
Well, that is everything that I have to share with you today!  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your evening!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wee Memories Challenge #55- Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  I was asked to join the Wee Memories team for the month of May as their guest designer, and my first post starts today!!  It is going to be a fun month!!

Today the challenge is featured as a blog hop!!  You should have arrived here from Sarah Martina Parker's blog, so if you did....you are right on course.  If you just happened upon my blog, and didn't know about the blog hop...then head on over to Jenny Suchin's blog, which is where everything starts off!!

Wee Memories Challenge #54 for today is an acronym, C.R.A.F.T.S., and stands for {Color/Ribbon/Acrylic/Flora/Twine/Stamps}.  I used each item, although I did substitute out some lace in place of ribbon...I figured it was close enough.  I also used FTL #139 from the Clean & Simple Stamping blog.  Here is what I created:
"I Love U" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper/Jewels: Glitz Design (Love Games: Stripe & Love Nest: Damask) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Smitty's ABCs & Just My Type Too sets) 
Ink: Tsukinko (Versafine: onyx black) & Clearsnap (Pigment: razzberry & Chalk: charcoal) 
Acrylic/Lace: Making Memories
Twine: The Twinery
Flowers: Recollections

The sponsor for this week at Wee Memories is The Greeting Farm, and you can check out the Wee Memories challenge post to see what the wonderful prize is!!  The next step on your blog hop journey is to Anita Recksieder's blog, so be sure to keep hopping along!  I know that I can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with!

Well, I better get going for now!  I hope that you have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Just A Little Note

Hi everyone!!  Well, I am home from vacation...and it has just been one of those weeks.  But, I finally have something to share with you today!

It is created for Stamper's Dream, and a couple of other challenges as well.  First off....I used the OWH Sketch #67, and turned it into a square shape instead of a standard one.  Then, I also used Embellish's Square Cards Color Trends challenge as well!! Here is what I created!
  "Just A Little Note" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper/Sticker: Glitz Design (Love Nest: Damask, Stripe, Block) 
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Charmed Set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Chalk: Pixie Dust) & Clearsnap (Pigment: robin's egg, frost white) 
Trim: Maya Road
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: May Arts (Brown Burlap)
Button: Papertrey Ink
Flowers: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Border Punch: Fiskars
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Steel Dies: JustRite custom dies by Spellbinders (Charms set)

Well, that is all I have for you today!  I hope that since I have been absent, you have all been doing well!!  We had a wonderful time in Big Sky, with TONS of snow.  I am pretty much snowed out now....but we have been having some amazing spring days the past couple, and that is just awesome! I really hope it is here to stay!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.